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  • 2013 - looking back

    By Molly Haines and John Whitlock/News-Herald Staff

    As we look back at the year 2013, its clear that many elements of life in Owen County will always stay the same. At the same time, the community is always looking for ways to improve itself while honoring and preserving its history.
    At the beginning of 2014, we take a moment to look back and remember where we have been.

  • IN HOT WATER: South Owen Fire Department

    After allegedly missing fire runs for months and falsifying reports to the state fire commission, the South Owen Fire Department may be no more.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the trouble with the department began approximately a year ago.
    “They just quit answering fire runs,” Keith said. “When that began, the Owen County (Volunteer Fire) Department began responding to that area, along with the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department for backup.”

  • Mobile home fire claims lives of two children

    Two children, a 2 year old and a 4 year old, died in a mobile home fire at 900 Gaines Village Dr., lot 7, this morning.
    According to Owenton Assistant Fire Chief/Public Information Officer Jude Canchola, the department was dispatched to the scene at 9:44 a.m. and was on scene at 9:47 a.m.
    Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke from the mobile home, with 50 percent involvement.
    At that time, Owen County Emergency Medical Services reported that two children were trapped inside the front area of the structure.

  • Shearer pleads not guilty to first-degree rape, incest

    Updated June 29, 10:12 a.m.

    Rufus Shearer Jr., the 59-year-old suspended Owenton police officer charged with first-degree rape and incest last month, was arraigned in Russell County Circuit Court Tuesday.

    According to the Russell County Circuit Clerk's Office, Shearer pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney, Jeffrey Hoover, of Jamestown, Ky., was also present.

    The arraignment was his first court appearance since his arrest at the Owenton Police Department May 26.
    Shearer's next court date is set for Aug. 23.

  • Main Street reopens, paving continues

    The closure of Main Street is over as road crews reopened the closed portion of U.S. 127 between Seminary and Adair streets Tuesday, June 28.

    Nancy Wood, public information officer for District 6 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the opening in an email Tuesday morning. Even though Main Street has been reopened, there is still ongoing road construction as part of the project planned throughout July.

  • Coates recalls time served in US Navy

    BY MARLENE BROWNING-WAINSCOTT
    Special To the News-Herald

    Willnetta Hutcherson Coates served in the United States Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in World War II from 1943-1945, attaining the rank of Storekeeper Second Class.

    Coates was born and raised in Grant County until she married her husband, Herschel Coates, from Owen County.

    The WAVES of World War II

  • Visitor center to host open house

    What was once a stopping point for Owenton motorists to fuel their vehicles many years ago is now home to what the Owen County Tourism Commission hopes will be a stopping point for passing motorists once again, this time to show travelers what Owen County has to offer.

    Joyce Duvall, Owen County tourism director, said there will be an open house from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, at tourism’s new home at the corner of Main and Seminary streets.

  • Farm to Table Dinner to benefit Owen County Farm and Craft Market

    Promoting the tradition of eating crops and livestock raised from local farms at the dinner table, an upcoming fundraiser for the Owen County Farm and Craft Market will bring that tradition to Owenton’s Courthouse Square.

    The Farm to Table Dinner on the Square will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8. The meal will have of four courses consisting of locally-grown or produced meat, vegetables, fresh baked goods, according to market the vendors. The food brought for the dinner will be prepared by chef Chris Howerton.

  • Local fireworks vendor hopeful for strong sales in 2016

    BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    The Fourth of July is just around the corner and Loud and Rowdy Fireworks, located in front of Casa Mexican Restaurant, is here to supply fireworks for all of the upcoming festivities.

    Loud and Rowdy Fireworks was started by Owenton local Kenn Gaines in 2004 as a side job in college. According to his mother, Patti Gaines, her son has always liked the fireworks and his business grew from the beginning.

  • Road work expected to be completed on time

    BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    The month of June is coming to a close and the deadline for construction on U.S. 127 through downtown is approaching.

    People of the Owenton community along with the frequent commuters pose the question, will the road be finished on time?

    Nancy Wood, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Public Information Officer, said she believes the progress is on track.